The Boulder County Sheriff's Office says it took a village to corral a llama named Ethel who had wandered from her pasture in Niwot, north of the city of Boulder.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Haverfield says Ethel's owner called the office just before 10 a.m. Tuesday seeking help getting the llama home from another pasture near a state highway and a second busy road.
An animal control officer and a sheriff's deputy were dispatched. Haverfield says Ethel was uncooperative and more assistance had to be called on. At one point, passers-by formed a human fence.
Haverfield says it took more than two hours before Ethel was safe at home.
Matthew Jonas, a photographer for the Longmont Times-Call, chronicled the action:
There is a very uncooperative llama near Niwot and Diagonal. pic.twitter.com/9cgKqViLLU— Matthew Jonas (@photojmatthew) May 3, 2016
Ladies and gentlemen, the llama has returned home. pic.twitter.com/qHDFUVxEL5— Matthew Jonas (@photojmatthew) May 3, 2016
Before heading home, it tried to escape back into the alfalfa field once more pic.twitter.com/TYdT76OxZ6— Matthew Jonas (@photojmatthew) May 3, 2016
The llama is now back protecting the sheep. This concludes my llama coverage for today. pic.twitter.com/AcF5zuyCqx— Matthew Jonas (@photojmatthew) May 3, 2016